Derry City threw down their title credentials in style with a rousing 4-0 win over Bohemians at Dalymount Park to edge them to within two points of leaders Sligo Rovers overnight.
Paddy McEleney scored a stunning goal from long range to send Declan Devine's Candystripes on their way after 13 minutes with Michael Rafter drilling home a second 13 minutes later.
A header from central defender Ryan McBride ended the game as a contest in the 75th minute before the impressive Barry McNamee raced away to slide home the fourth two minutes later.
Shamrock Rovers' season continued its struggle to take off as they endured a sixth stalemate of the campaign as they had to come from behind to draw 1-1 with Drogheda United at Tallaght Stadium.
Midfielder Paul O'Conor headed home Shane Grimes' cross to give Drogheda a 13th minute lead. Ronan Finn levelled for Rovers eleven minutes later, shooting low to the net from the edge of the box following a Sean O';Connor's corner.
Chris Forrester got St. Patrick's Athletic back to winning ways with the only goal of the game against Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds. That came on 25 minutes when Forrester lobbed Bray keeper Darren Quigley following Kenny Browne's fine ball out of defence.
For the second home match running, Dundalk scored twice late on to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw with Limerick at Oriel Park.
Stephen Bradley's sublime pass allowed Axel Bossekota fire Limerick in front in the 41st minute. Defender Shaun Kelly then doubled the Shannonsiders' lead on 68 minutes when he followed up to score after Danny Galbraith's initial shot came back off a post.
Dane Massey got Dundalk back into the game on 71 minutes, powerfully heading home John Dillon's corner.
Another corner brought Dundalk's equaliser six minutes later. Limerick defender Aaron Browne only succeeded in heading a corner into the air and when the ball dropped, John Sullivan hooked it to the net.
Shane Duggan scored a cracking 89th minute winner as Cork City came from behind to beat bottom side UCD at Turner's Cross.
David McMillan put College in front after 15 minutes, despite the best efforts of keeper Mark McNulty to keep out his diving header from Samir Belhout's cross.
Cork levelled three minutes into stoppage time at the end of the first half. Colin Healy helped on Adan Rundle's cross for Daryl Horgan whose shot was turned home by Daryl Kavanagh.
McMillan then wasted a chance to restore UCD's lead on 57 minutes when his penalty was saved by McNulty.
Midfielder Duggan then won it for Cork a minute from the end of normal time, finding the back of keeper Mark McGinley's net with a superb shot from 25 yards.